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Dante Cunningham

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Silver Spring, Md.

High School:
Potomac

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 230

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
04/22/1987

Experience:
3L

01/29/2007

Villanova vs. #7 Pittsburgh

Villanova vs. #7 Pittsburgh

11/20/2006

MBB vs. Iowa

Villanova 89, Iowa 60 - November 20, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)

VILLANOVA: An extremely athletic forward ... A tremendous leaper and quick enough to play on the perimeter ... Developed into a dependable scoring option last season ... Named Most Outstanding Player at the 2009 Men's Basketball Banquet.

2008-09 Season: Named BIG EAST Most Improved Player ... Second team All-BIG EAST Selection ... One of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy ... One of two players to start all 38 games ... Has led the team in scoring and rebounding the entire season ... Averaged 16.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while playing 31.6 minutes per contest ... Led the team in blocks with 47 and was fourth in steals with 47 ... Shot .525 (244-465) from the field and .697 (124-178) from the foul line ... Scored in double figures 34 times, with nine games scoring at least 20 points and two games with at least 30 points ... Grabbed at least 10 rebounds on 11 occasions and has 11 double-doubles.

2008-09 Big East Regular Season: Averaged 16.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in Big East play, while playing 32.2 minutes per game ... Had 23 blocks and 20 steals ... Shot .518 (115-222) from the field and .652 (58-89) from the foul line.

2008-09 Postseason: Averaged 14.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in seven games combined between the BIG EAST Tournament and NCAA Tournament ... Has stepped up his free throw shooting to .800 (24-30) in postseason action ... During the NCAA Tournament averaged 16.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while shooting .500 (32-64) from the field and .792 (19-24) from the line.

2008-09 Highlights: Displayed a breakout performance in the second game of the season against Fordham, going for 31 points and 11 rebounds on 11-of-17 shooting ... The scoring output was a career-high and he matched the feat with 31 points on 12-of-15 shooting in a win over Syracuse on February 7 ... Had 25 points and seven rebounds in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against American ... Registered double-doubles against both UCLA and Duke..

2007-08: The lone player to start every game this season ranked second on the team with 30.0 minutes per game ... Leading rebounder with 6.5 rebounds per game and second on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per contest ... Shot .544 percent from the field (142-261) and .690 percent at the foul line (80-116) ... Owned 19 games with at least 10 points and eight games with double figures in rebounding ... Produced five double-doubles.

Postseason: Delivered 10 points and seven rebounds in the Sweet 16 loss to Kansas ... Scored 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and pulled down six rebounds in win over Siena ... Also had two steals ... Tallied eight points and four rebounds in first round win over Clemson ... Averaged 12.5 points in the two BIG EAST Tournament games ... Went 11-of-12 at the free throw line in the conference tournament, including 8-of-8 against Georgetown as Villanova stayed in the game early on with their strong foul shooting.

2007-08 Regular Season: Started all 30 games and averaged 10.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the floor ... Tallied five double-doubles and they are the only five in his career ... Pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds in wins over Hartford and DePaul ... Scored 21 points in a win over Seton Hall thanks to 13-of-16 free throw shooting in the game ... In non-conference action had 16 points against both North Carolina State and LSU.

Big East Regular Season: Averaged 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while making all 18 starts ... Shot 57 percent from the floor ... Matched a career high and established his season high with a 21-point performance against Seton Hall ... Helped Villanova break a five-game losing streak in that contest by going 4-of-6 from the floor and 13-of-16 at the free throw line ... Had double figures in points seven times and in rebounds four times.

2006-07: Averaged 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds over the course of 33 games ... Started 27 times and connected on a team-high .513 of his field goal attempts ... Contributed 12 points and nine rebounds to help lead VU past DePaul 75-67 in the opening round of the 2007 BIG EAST Tournament ... Notched new career highs in points (21) and free throws (11) in a 78-75 win over Syracuse on Mar. 3 ... Scored eight points and added four rebounds in a 80-67 loss at Marquette on Feb. 19 ... Added 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds in 20 minutes of a 64-48 win over Cincinnati on Feb. 14 ... Dropped in 13 second half points, including a powerful slam dunk, to help the `Cats secure a 78-69 win at Seton Hall on Feb. 10 ... Overcame flu-like symptoms to play 23 minutes in a Feb. 6 win over Saint Joseph's ... Pitched in with 11 points and seven caroms in 28 minutes of a 66-63 loss to Notre Dame on Jan. 27 ... Added 13 points and five rebounds in just 17 minutes in a 82-73 win on Jan. 23 at Providence ... Was active at both ends in a 76-69 win over Texas on Jan. 20 ... He contributed 16 points and six rebounds while also helping slow freshman sensation Kevin Durant on defense ... Produced a new career high with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor in a 102-87 win over Notre Dame on Jan. 17 ... Also added nine rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes ... Grabbed all eight of his rebounds in the second half of a 56-52 win at Georgetown ... Also added eight points and one steal in a return to D.C. Poured in 11 points and added eight rebounds in an 83-65 win over Temple on Dec. 30 ... Sank his first career 3-point field goal in a 64-51 win at La Salle on Dec. 23 ... Raised his career high in points to 14 in a 108-61 win over Rider on Dec. 20 ... Established a new career high with five steals to go with eight points and six rebounds in a 67-51 win at Oklahoma on Dec. 6 ... Produced a new career best with 10 points in a 72-44 win at Stony Brook on Nov. 30 ... Established a new career high with 10 rebounds to go with nine points in a 70-61 win over Navy on Nov. 25 at the Pavilion ... Posted a new career high with nine points to go with five rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal in an 89-60 win over Iowa on Nov. 20 ... Chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds in a 71-66 loss to Xavier on Nov. 19 ... Added eight points and a pair of rebounds in an 81-68 win over College of Charleston on Nov. 17 at the Paradise Jam ... Tallied six points and grabbed five rebounds in a 97-60 win at Northwood to open his sophomore season on Nov. 11.

2005-2006: Played in all 33 games, starting four ... Averages 19.1 minutes per game ... Named Philadelphia Big Five Rookie of the Year ... Played a season-high 31 minutes and responded with a season-best nine rebounds against Arizona on Mar. 19 ... Scored two points and also had a block in the contest ... Matched season highs of seven rebounds and two steals in NCAA first round game against Monmouth on Mar. 17 ... His layup off an in-bounds feed with 3.0 seconds left helped lift VU to a 74-72 win over Cincinnati on Feb. 23 ... He ended that night with four points and six rebounds in a career-high 28 minutes ... Chipped in with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocked shots in 24 minutes of a 69-64 win over UConn on Feb. 13 ... Had five rebounds and a steal in 19 minutes at DePaul on Feb. 11 ... Logged a career high 26 minutes in a 71-58 win over Saint Joseph's on Feb. 7 ... Made his first career start in a 72-67 win over Marquette on Feb. 4 ... Scored two points and grabbed seven rebounds in 18 minutes ... Picked up six rebounds, two points and three assists in a 79-73 win over Louisville on Jan. 30 ... Contributed four points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in 21 minutes at Texas on Jan. 14 ... Authored his best game as a Wildcat in his Big East debut, scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds in a 76-67 win at Louisville on Jan. 5 ... Helped ignite the Wildcats in a Dec. 22 win over La Salle, scoring two points, collecting three rebounds and posting a career-high four blocked shots in a 98-57 win over La Salle ... Contributed three points and four rebounds in a 62-55 win at Penn on Dec. 13 ... Played 22 minutes in a 90-77 win over Longwood on Dec. 10, recording three points, seven rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot and one steal ... Grabbed seven rebounds and added two points in a 79-60 win over Bucknell on Dec. 6.

POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots per game in leading Potomac to perfect (27-0) season ... Named Washington Post Metropolitan Player of the Year ... Previously played at St. John's H.S. in Washington, D.C., where he was a teammate of Dwayne Anderson's ... Averaged 10 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a junior.

PERSONAL: Mother is Searcy Blakenship and father is Ron Cunningham ... His sister Davalyn Cunningham (27) played in the WNBA ... Born April 22, 1987 in Clinton, Md.

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